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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:34 pm 
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Too bad you didn't hurt yourself a bit, Hawg. You mighta had some kind of Class Action suit going there....JK.

On further thought, I'm actually glad you suffered no physical injury in that accident. You ain't getting any younger, and the whole lawsuit thing is no bueno in general. Best take the High Road. :handgestures-thumbup:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:09 pm 
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I haven't had cassette issues aside from the loose cogs biting into aluminum carriers. Not the easiest to get right, but if you encounter that situation using a chain whip and a chain to hold against that can be spun back. Obviously two chain whips is easier.

Rode yesterday, then a few miles today clearing drains. Only pic I got was of a tree I cut. If it were square and flat to the rail I would have notched it through the outer soft part of the bark and left it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:09 pm 
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Feature.............. 8-)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:13 am 
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Looks like that one had a few crossings before you cut it

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:01 pm 
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MiniTrail wrote:
Looks like that one had a few crossings before you cut it


It wasn't bad to cross, but on a green trail it had to go. Even notched out it would have had people putting limbs on either side to make it look friendlier.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:49 pm 
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Kronk wrote:
MiniTrail wrote:
Looks like that one had a few crossings before you cut it


It wasn't bad to cross, but on a green trail it had to go. Even notched out it would have had people putting limbs on either side to make it look friendlier.


If it absolutely, positively has to remain GREEN, then yes. But you gotta admit, it might be fun to transform it into a BLUE trail. :whistle:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:57 pm 
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I try to make side features to keep things fun for those who like more going on. On a new section being built the advanced stuff is being added from the start. More like the trails before we planned them for difficulty levels. Having a trail where the hard stuff has easy options, or the easy has difficult options, is how the majority of trails should be. We do have a couple where we try to keep the level difficult, and not allow any go arounds.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:17 pm 
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I’m seeing a bit of that at my local park. I think it’s a great plan for all. If you put in features someone will always make a bypass so you may as well add one from the start

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:35 am 
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MiniTrail wrote:
If you put in features someone will always make a bypass so you may as well add one from the start


AKA, the "P line". :D


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:15 am 
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I take them myself some times and label myself as such for doing so
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Yeah, I think optional lines should be pretty common.

An easy trail should have occasional more challenging options so that a rider can progress.

As you increase the difficulty, you should start to include optional easier lines for difficult features that fit the trail rating, as well as optional more difficult lines if the feature is more difficult than the trail rating. But agree that the most difficult stuff shouldn't have that.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:49 pm 
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There's a directional trail here known as "Martha's Grove, that had a blind 6' drop-off to a narrow landing spot. When I had the Joker,I Would just send it off the blind take off and let the bike DEAL with the landing. I did this for years. One time I surprised a couple of Marines pushing their bikes, entry level PX Specials, up either edge of the drop to attempt it again. No bueno. But being Marines, they did it anyway....
Martha's kinda fell off my radar for a few years, like many trails do, until I got my 120mm 4-bar 29er. Went back out there with some buds and we were surprised that the park had carved a ST go around right into the cliff. I happily rode that line. I was not sure at all about hucking the 29er, and I'm glad I did not. :handgestures-thumbup:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:35 am 
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Sorry been lagging on this site lately.

Off work early and I hit the trails. Perfect timing for few people out. Hot though at 83° but it didn’t bother me I was having so much fun on perfect dirt conditions. Hard to believe this was under 3’ of snow two weeks ago and now in the 80’s. Today confirmed why I still love this sport.

I call this section “The Spine”. When I’m feeling it I’ll ride the top of the boulders going down then cut to left off the drop.
Other times I skip The Spine and just do the drop.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:49 am 
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Hey........I know that spot........ 8-)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:42 am 
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Looks like fun, DJ! :handgestures-thumbup:

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80 feels good can’t wait for it

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The FEX has been out of commission for a while now. I plan to order the needed parts today to get it back together. There's two online/retail chains within driving range of my location that have the needed parts. I was going to switch to a Shimano 12 speed drivetrain but I've learned that Sram and Shimano 12 speed parts do not jive well together (chain incompatibility) so I will reluctantly stick with Sram. I'm hoping to be rolling on dirt again this weekend!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:29 pm 
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You got big ride coming. How's your training doing? 8-)

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norton55 wrote:
You got big ride coming. How's your training doing? 8-)


Sadly, I had to cancel my registration. My bad knee has not been liking the extra miles I had been consistently riding to train for the ride. It's a sign that I simply cannot do this sort of ride. My knee is happy with 10-15 mile rides, 20 miles occasionally, and 30 miles once in a great while. It's been that way since about one year after my accident in 2011. It hadn't been bothering for years so I felt that I was good to go. But slowly, sharp pains began to happen and I found myself needing to ice my knee and take hot baths after every ride the past few weeks. So, it's not gonna happen for me, ever.


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Sorry to hear. But, there are tons of fun trails around Fruita that would be kind to your knees. 8-)

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Bummed for you Hawg. I’m thinking you should go anyways and ride some of the other trails around Fruita like Norton mentioned.


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Bummed for you Hawg. I’m thinking you should go anyways and ride some of the other trails around Fruita like Norton mentioned.
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Sorry to hear. But, there are tons of fun trails around Fruita that would be kind to your knees. 8-)


Probably not.


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How 'bout an old man ride at MDO.................. :lol:

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Hawg, there might be a few things that you can still do for your knees, but it will take some time and consistency to fins out. I got some rather extensive clinical experience in that area...

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norton55 wrote:
How 'bout an old man ride at MDO.................. :lol:


Now that, I can get into!


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Ray Dolor wrote:
Hawg, there might be a few things that you can still do for your knees, but it will take some time and consistency to fins out. I got some rather extensive clinical experience in that area...


Thanks Ray, I'm all ears.

The most likely cause of my discomfort is scar tissue that breaks loose and moves around in there. My knee doc told me that there may come a day when I want to have it cleaned out.


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I rode my as off today with the boyz. We climbed Brown Mtn, dropped down Ken Burton ST with its 24 switchbacks, junctioned onto the Gabrielino and took that down the creek back to civilization. Two of the four pack of trail ragers in our group called it a day but I wanted more so I climbed back up with Luis (who is training for Koko) and at the lower saddle/junction we turned DH to get to El Prieto. As always, it was a wonderful high speed blast down to the trail head. El P was awesome as always, too. I pedaled over from home this morning so I ended up with 31.18 miles and 3899' gain. Needless to say, I am spent! My knee feels it but my entire body is raging mad so that sort of blocks the knee sensations, lol. The guys are talking about a Front Range climb in the morning. The gain of that ride will bury today's gain if we go all the way up to Eaton Saddle. :doh:

The important thing is, I got the FEX back up and rolling and she shined brightly today! :D


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Hawg.......awesome. Did a 12 mile warm up ride for my joints today. It always feels great to be on my bike again...... 8-)

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Oooh the envy!
Looking really good all around.
The closest I've been to riding the last week and a half, is watch our Mini ride a skate bike on youtube.
I'm not saying that wasn't a good experience as well, don't get me wrong.

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norton55 wrote:
Hawg.......awesome. Did a 12 mile warm up ride for my joints today. It always feels great to be on my bike again...... 8-)


Nice to hear it. It had been a full week off the bike for me so it was also great to be back on it. I was a climbing monster this morning which surprised me a bit. The second time up the mountain called for the next easier gear on the cassette.

We are now talking about shuttling up the mountain and dropping the Front Range from the top. I think everyone realized that we got enough climbing in today.


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